Entertainment
22 voters

Who Is The Most Famous Buddy In The World?

Updated February 11, 2021 647 votes 22 voters 13.4k views80 items

List RulesVote up all of the Buds and Buddys you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Buddy or Bud can you think of? The famous Buddys and Buds below have many different professions, including notable actors named Buddy, famous athletes named Bud, and even musicians named Buddy.

Buddy Holly is certainly one of the most famous Buddys on this list. One of the singer-songwriters named Buddy, his hits include “That'll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Everyday.” He died in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, on Feb. 3, 1959.

Another of the famous people with the first name Bud is Bud Abbott. He was a member of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello. He appeared in several films including Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Jack and the Beanstalk. Buddy Hackett is another famous actor named Buddy.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Buddy or Bud? Just add them to the list!

...more
  • Buddy Holly1
    21

    Buddy Holly

    1936-09-07

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas, USA

    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy...  more

    More Buddy Holly 

    What Actually Happened The Day The Music Died?#396 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Buddy Guy2
    20

    Buddy Guy

    1936-07-30

    BirthplaceLettsworth, Louisiana, United States of America

    George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an...  more

    More Buddy Guy 

    The Best Buddy Guy Albums of All Time#18 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • Buddy Rich3
    18

    Buddy Rich

    1917-09-30

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and...  more

    More Buddy Rich 

    The Best Buddy Rich Songs#1752 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Bud Abbott4
    17

    Bud Abbott

    1895-10-02

    BirthplaceAsbury Park, New Jersey, USA

    William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best...  more

    More Bud Abbott 

    The Best Bud Abbott Movies#245 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Buddy Hackett5
    18

    Buddy Hackett

    1924-08-31

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Buddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker; August 31, 1924 – June 30, 2003) was an American comedian...  more

    More Buddy Hackett 

    #107 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#783 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History

  • Buddy Miles6
    18

    Buddy Miles

    1947-09-05

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    George Allen "Buddy" Miles Jr. (September 5, 1947 – February 26, 2008), was an American rock...  more

    More 

    #17 of 50 The Best Singing Drummers#17 of 25 The 25 Most Popular & Influential Black Drummers

  • Buddy Ebsen7
    17

    Buddy Ebsen

    1908-04-02

    BirthplaceBelleville, Illinois, United States of America

    Buddy Ebsen, (born April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003; also known as Frank "Buddy" Ebsen) was an...  more

    More Buddy Ebsen 

    #36 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time#676 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • Bud Spencer8
    11

    Bud Spencer

    1929-10-31

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, Province of Naples

    Carlo Pedersoli (October 31, 1929 – June 27, 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was...  more
  • Bud Wilkinson9
    11

    Bud Wilkinson

    1916-04-23

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Charles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson (April 23, 1916 – February 9, 1994) was an American football...  more
  • Buddy Roberts10
    12

    Buddy Roberts

    1945-06-16

    BirthplaceBritish Columbia, Canada

    Dale Hey (June 16, 1947 – November 26, 2012) was an American professional wrestler, better...  more
  • Buddy Bell11
    10

    Buddy Bell

    1951-08-27

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    David Gus Bell (born August 27, 1951) is an American former third baseman and manager in Major...  more

    More Buddy Bell 

    #258 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#343 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • Bud Cort12
    14

    Bud Cort

    1948-03-29

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

    Walter Edward Cox, known professionally as Bud Cort, is an American actor and comedian, known...  more

    More Bud Cort 

    #384 of 466 Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names#11 of 12 Major Hollywood Stars Who Were Connected To Dangerous Cults

  • Bud Freeman13
    14

    Bud Freeman

    1906-04-13

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    For other people with a similar name see Lawrence Friedman (disambiguation)Lawrence "Bud"...  more

    More Bud Freeman 

    #120 of 190 The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time#24 of 126 The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists

  • Buddy Rose14
    11

    Buddy Rose

    1952-11-27
    Paul Robert Perschmann (November 27, 1952 – April 28, 2009) was an American professional...  more
  • Buddy Valastro15
    11

    Buddy Valastro

    1977-03-03

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

    Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr. is an American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality...  more
  • Bud McFadin16
    15

    Bud McFadin

    1928-08-21

    BirthplaceRankin, Texas

    Lewis Pate "Bud" McFadin (August 21, 1928 – February 13, 2006) was an American football...  more
  • Buddy Rogers17
    15

    Buddy Rogers

    1921-02-20
    Herman Gustav Rohde Jr. (February 20, 1921 – June 26, 1992), better known by the ring name...  more

    More Buddy Rogers 

    #156 of 468 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time#132 of 175 The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time

  • Buddy DeFranco18
    12

    Buddy DeFranco

    1923-02-17

    BirthplaceCamden, New Jersey

    Boniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco (February 17, 1923 – December 24, 2014) was an...  more
  • Buddy Jewell19
    12

    Buddy Jewell

    1961-04-02

    BirthplaceLepanto, Arkansas, United States of America

    Buddy Jewell Jr. (born April 2, 1961) is an American country music singer who was the first...  more

    More Buddy Jewell 

    #32 of 45 The Best Country Singers with Deep Voices#5 of 6 The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked

  • Bud Tingwell20
    10

    Bud Tingwell

    1923-01-03

    BirthplaceCoogee, Australia

    Charles William Tingwell AM (3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009), known professionally as Bud...  more
  • Bud Taylor21
    8

    Bud Taylor

    1903-07-22

    BirthplaceTerre Haute, Indiana

    Charles Bernard "Bud" Taylor (July 22, 1903 - March 6, 1962) was an American boxer from Terre...  more
  • Buddy Collette22
    7

    Buddy Collette

    1921-08-06

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    William Marcel "Buddy" Collette (August 6, 1921 – September 19, 2010) was an American jazz...  more
  • Buddy Bolden23
    14

    Buddy Bolden

    1877-09-06

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African-American...  more

    More Buddy Bolden 

    #77 of 177 The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time#12 of 57 The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

  • Bud Jamison24
    12

    Bud Jamison

    1894-02-15

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Vallejo

    William Edward "Bud" Jamison (February 15, 1894 – September 30, 1944) was an American film...  more
  • Bud Powell25
    8

    Bud Powell

    1924-09-27

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966) was an American jazz pianist....  more